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Taller turbines prompt Maryland to revisit offshore wind plans

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OFFSHORE WIND: Maryland regulators reopen discussions about two proposed offshore wind projects after developers decide to use turbines 200 feet taller than originally planned. (Baltimore Sun) 

ALSO: Developers and manufacturers tour a southeast Connecticut pier that the state is promoting as an offshore wind hub for turbine assembly. (4C Offshore)

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PIPELINES:
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he is unaware of a reported FBI investigation into Mariner East pipeline permits but that he welcomes the scrutiny. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A New York renewable energy advocate says a utility has been employing local officials to write letters to state regulators in support of a pipeline under the Hudson River. (Albany Times Union) 

TRANSMISSION: Maine Gov. Janet Mills, who supports a controversial power line in the state, will not get involved in a campaign against a statewide referendum. (Maine Public) 

SOLAR:
• Vermont regulators grapple with restructuring its net metering program for solar projects as costs for other electricity sources decline. (VT Digger)
• Officials break ground on Rhode Island’s largest community solar project, a 12.4 megawatt project in North Smithfield. (Providence Business News)

EFFICIENCY: A study examines how efficiency programs serve low- and moderate-income residents, including one in Massachusetts. (ACEEE)

GOVERNMENT: Massachusetts energy commissioner Judith Judson will leave state government next month to become an executive at a renewable energy developer. (Masslive.com) 

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CLIMATE: Pennsylvania’s auditor general issues a report that says climate change cost the state $261 million last year, about half in damage to infrastructure. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

COMMENTARY:
• A New York legislator says the state’s landmark climate law is only a first step as additional efforts are needed to electrify transportation and building heating. (Albany Times Union)
• A conservative think tank says New York’s embrace of massive amounts of offshore wind is a “reckless gamble” due to its high cost and physical security. (Crain’s New York Business)
• An offshore wind advocate says it will be a $1 trillion industry by 2040 but the world needs the climate and economic benefits now. (Utility Dive)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs an executive order to lay the groundwork for a public bank and the Sierra Club says it should have a component that funds renewable energy projects. (news release)
• The New Jersey school boards association says the state’s move to revamp solar energy incentives risks the costs savings and other benefits schools receive from welcoming development at their sites. (NJ.com) 

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